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May 15, 2014

Will Boston Get a New Convention Center Hotel?




The Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority received applications from seven development teams to build a full-service 1,000-room headquarters hotel across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The developers include local Boston developers Joseph Fallon, Jonathan Davis and John Drew as well as teams from New York, Texas, and Nevada.

An estimated 2,200 construction jobs and 700-900 permanent jobs will be created by the hotel project. The hotel project will be built on two parcels owned by Massport totaling 4.9 acres.

In March, Massport and the MCCA jointly issued a request for qualifications for the hotel. The RFQ sought information from teams to develop and operate the new hotel on the two Massport parcels at Summer and D Streets. Massport will enter into a long-term ground lease with the successful development team.

Submissions to the RFQ issued by Massport and the MCCA were received from local and national developers and hotel companies including Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, MGM Resorts, Omni and Starwood. Qualified participants will be asked to submit proposals later this year.

The developer of the headquarters hotel will be selected jointly by Massport and the MCCA. Permitting and design is expected to take place in 2015 and 2016. The hotel, together with a proposed expansion of the BCEC, is expected to open in 2018.


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